Fresh off a charming, family-friendly musical turn in "The Greatest Showman" and a lead role in the gallery of abs that was "Baywatch", Zac Efron is launching his 2018 by exploring a new on-screen persona - one that's "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile".
Zac recently shared a photo of himself as Ted Bunny on his Instagram. The caption read: "Meet Ted". Voltage Pictures and Cota Films will produce and Joe Berlinger (Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) is set to direct. While I'm not insane about furthering that mythology, the film piques my interest thanks to director Joe Berlinger, who previously helmed the Paradise Lost documentary trilogy, which investigated the infamous West Memphis Three trial. Ted Bundy was an American serial killer, rapist, necrophile and burgular.
Shortly before his execution, he confessed to 30 killings.
The story will be from the perspective of Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer. Lily Collins will portray Liz, who went years in denial of Ted's crimes before she ultimately turned him in.
Bundy chose to represent himself at the trial, which was broadcast on national television, and appeared to develop something of a rapport with the judge. Efron may already possess the murderer's good looks and charm, but Browne claims the true test will be if Efron can capture Bundy's "essence of evilness".
Bundy was executed in 1989 for his crimes. A member of his last defense team - Attorney Polly Nelson, describes him as "Ted was the very definition of heartless evil".
In a post on Twitter, Efron shared an image of him as the serial killer and captioned it: "Meet Ted".
We wish Efron, Berlinger and collins all the entire team all the luck.